Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC)

A technique for intermittent catheterization without having to touch the catheter, which provides better hygiene.

User inserts catheter. He holds the package. Illustration: Lars 'Geson' Andersson
User inserts catheter. He holds the package. Illustration: Lars 'Geson' Andersson

Description
Intermittent Self Catheterization (ISC) involves regularly draining the urinary bladder with a disposable catheter.

Technique:
The user soaks the catheter in water for about 30 seconds in its own package (Photo 3), then he connects the catheter to a urine bag (Photo 2). To avoid touching the catheter he opens the catheter package with his teeth on the other side as well and pulls back the package so that the catheter tip comes out. The catheter package serves as protection and he can insert the catheter without touching it (Photo 1).

Catheter model: LoFric from Wellspect Healthcare

Users comments
Not having to touch the catheter improves hygiene during intermittent catheterization.

Made by
Astra Tech, www.wellspect-healthcare.com/ (catheter), last checked March 2017

Paid for by
County council

Whose idea
Friend of user

Editors comments
On Wellspect Healthcare’s webbsite you can download a form which helps to take along catheters in hand luggage when flying, www.lofric.se/~/media/M3%20Media/BU%20HealthCare/Urology/1200854%20Medicale%20Validation%20Certificate.ashx?filetype=.pdf (last checked November 2012)

This tip is from 2007

User connects the catheter and the urine bag. Illustration: Lars 'Geson' Andersson
User connects the catheter and the urine bag. Illustration: Lars 'Geson' Andersson
Catheter is soaked
Catheter is soaked

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Tipsare: Mats

Mats lives in an apartment together with his partner. He is retired. He was injured in 1988 and has a tetraplegia (C6-7). Through hand surgery his grip function improved in both hands. He has personal assistance about 10 hours a day.